Monday, January 23, 2012
What is the “Main Thing” for us as followers of Jesus? In Matthew 22:37-38, someone asked Jesus, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.’”
Jesus tells us the main thing when He calls us to, “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength.” He created us to have Him as our “Main Thing” in life – the One we love with all of our heart, our greatest Treasure, the purpose for which we are alive. In Him alone can we find the satisfaction for which He made us. When we are loving Jesus and keeping Him above anything else, He not only fulfills us, but also enables us by His strength to do the other things He calls us to do - “And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’” (Matthew 22:39-40)
How can we do this? A clear way to tell what holds the place of “Main Thing” in our lives is to look at the areas of our: ~ Love ~ Treasure ~ Thoughts ~ Motives ~ Time ~ Words ~ Actions. What do they say about what holds the place as “Main Thing” in our lives?
Other things clamor for the position of “Main Thing” in our lives. Things like people, self, possessions, entertainment, projects, ministry, etc. try for that position on a daily basis. When these things are in the position of “Main Thing”, they never satisfy and only lead to disappointment, distraction, discouragement, and instability.
Jesus is calling us to keep Him as our “Main Thing” in every area of our lives in: loving Him above anything or anyone, allowing Him to be the focus of our mind, following His commands, exalting Him in our motives, how we use our time, where we invest our resources, and how we live our lives.
If you see your need for Jesus to be your “Main Thing” in life, ask Him for His help. He will answer and give you grace to make it a reality. The more Jesus is our “Main Thing”, the more the rest of life will fit together beautifully.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
We are thrilled to share with you that Amy Vest is currently writing a book for young women!
We are excited beyond words for what the Lord's purposes are for this book! It is a book filled with Jesus, Biblical Truth, and deep vision for knowing and living for Jesus as a young woman.
We ask for your prayers as Amy writes, seeking the Lord for His words and heart to share with young women! (The lull in LTLM events is partially due to the enormity of this project.) We will keep you posted on this project!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
The love of God is greater far, Than tongue or pen can ever tell; It goes beyond the highest star, And reaches to the lowest hell; The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win; His erring child He reconciled, And pardoned from his sin.
O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure The saints’ and angels’ song.
When years of time shall pass away, And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall, When men, who here refuse to pray, On rocks and hills and mountains call, God’s love so sure, shall still endure, All measureless and strong; Redeeming grace to Adam’s race— The saints’ and angels’ song.
Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made, Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade, To write the love of God above, Would drain the ocean dry. Nor could the scroll contain the whole, Though stretched from sky to sky.
by Fredrick Lehman
Have a beautiful day in the love of our amazing God!